Thursday, 18 February 2010

Hottest Baker - 2 biscuits and a slice

This week I'm quite sure I would have gone over time, though maybe not if I had used jam instead of 'wild' blackberries......and subtract all the time I spent taking photos? I might have just scraped in!


All recipes this week were adapted from our good friend Edmond.

First up was Pistachio Ginger Crunch

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{{Love these two photos....anyone feel like spinning some pistachio?}}

125 g soft butter
1/2 c sugar
1 1/4 c flour
1 t baking powder
1 t ground ginger
1/4 c chopped pistachio nuts

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Cream butter and sugar, add the flour, baking powder, ginger and pistachios and mix well. Knead lightly then press into tin. Bake at 190 oC for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

75 g butter
3/4 c icing sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 t ground ginger
1/4 c chopped pistachio nuts

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Combine all ingredients in a small pot, stirring constantly until melted and combined. Pour over the base and let cool. Cut while still slightly warm.

And then the Raspberry Melting Moments

The brief for one of batch of biscuits this week was that they needed to be piped, the idea with these is that they look like roses?! Anyway, they passed the colleague taste test- one described them as being a bit like berry yoghurt. Good enough for me!

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1/2 c blackberries (or other fruit)
1/4 c sugar

Cook in a small pot until berries are softened, then pass through a sieve to remove pips.

200 g soft butter
1/2 c icing sugar
1 c flour
1 c cornflour
1/2 t baking powder

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Cream butter and sugar, then add berry sauce and dry ingredients. Mix to combine, then pipe rose shapes. (Or just roll into balls and flatten.) Bake at 180 oC until just set. (This will depend on the size of your biscuits, mine took 7 minutes, but the recipe says 20...just keep and eye on them!)

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And lastly, Chilli Chocolate Biscuits

75 g soft butter,
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
175 g flour
1 t baking powder
1/4-1 t chilli powder (to taste- I used 3/4 t)
1/4 c cocoa

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Cream butter and sugar, beat in egg, then dry ingredients. Bake for 12 minutes at 190 oC

And because there's no way we could eat all that ourselves (are you adding up the butter?!) we had friends over for supper, I got out my birthday (2 years ago...) china and we had a wee tea party......







What did you bake this week??

::Next week- two pies, one savoury, one sweet, bring it on!::


  1. Oh. Yum.
    That all looks soooo good, wish you were my neighbour ;)
    And I just LOVE those photos your taking, you should be getting paid for that!
    (and ps - my clothes dyeing is not all nice and even, so hard to get it not splotchy, especially since I'm normally dyeing old clothes that have stains and things.)

  2. Finally got around to making the pistachio ginger crunch... were the pistachios in the base your idea? Inspired. Simply the best ginger crunch I have ever made. It didn't last a day...

  3. YUM!!!
    i've popped over at floss's suggestion -
    my daughter (16) makes THE MOST DIVINE chilli chocolate.... ooooo... but your bikkies look like a definite must-bake... X

  4. That ginger crunch looks so fantastic, I'd forgotten how much I love that stuff.